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Longing To See The Buddha


Tozan, (translated as “to climb the mountain”), is the pilgrimage to Taisekiji, the Head Temple of Nichiren Shoshu at Mt. Fuji in Japan. It is part of the essential practice in Buddhism.

During the lifetime of the True Buddha, Nichiren Daishonin, tozan was the pilgrimage to visit him. Its original meaning encompassed directly serving the Daishonin and receiving his guidance. During his lifetime, Nichiren Daishonin himself was the center of worship, the true master who would lead all living beings to enlightenment.

What should those who were not alive during the Daishonin’s lifetime, and who became disciples and believers after his passing do? Making a pilgrimage to Taisekiji, the dwelling place of both the Dai-Gohonzon of the High Sanctuary and the High Priest is the answer. It has exactly the same significance as making a pilgrimage to see the Daishonin during his lifetime.

Visit Myosenji Temple

Visiting our local temple is part of our Buddhist practice. Buddhist members living far from Japan can only go on Tozan a few times in their lifetime. But you can visit Myosenji Temple often to chant with the Priests, for Buddhist activities and to hear lectures on Buddhism from our Chief Priest. You can also attend the Introductory meetings and bring a friend to learn about Buddhism.

Our next Introduction meeting will be Sunday, June 16th, at 2:00pm. The lecture will be on Buddhism’s Beliefs & Origins.

Excerpted: Nichiren Shoshu Basics of Practice, The Importance of Tozan, p.92